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Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, Ken Skates in the Hydratech Lab

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Hydratech helps to reduce youth unemployment

Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, Ken Skates visited Hydratech’s purpose built facility in Swansea to celebrate the success of Jobs Growth Wales, an initiative to help reduce youth unemployment.

Evans’ 10 JGW recruits have had access to credible work experience, developed new skills, earned a wage and helped the company to expand its operations.

After visiting the Evans operation, the Deputy Minister said the company was a perfect example of how both Welsh employers and young people can benefit from the scheme.

“Meeting the team here has shown me yet again how Jobs Growth Wales can not only help provide fantastic opportunities for young people who would otherwise be out of work but also allow employers in Wales to grow their business by accelerating their recruitment plans. The programme is clearly reaping huge rewards for all involved and we are really proud of the progress that has been made in its first two years. As well as helping to reduce youth unemployment, which is falling faster here in Wales than anywhere else in the UK, the Jobs Growth Wales progression rates are particularly strong, with over 80% of young people in the private sector going on to secure sustained employment, an apprenticeship or further learning after their six month job opportunity.”

The new recruits have played a key role in fulfilling the rapidly increasing demand for the products, working primarily in manufacturing and distribution. The success of the programme now means the new recruits have the opportunity to progress to The Young Recruits Programme, an all Wales programme providing quality apprenticeships.

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